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Online safety top priority as Cyber Monday goes mainstream

Online fraud accounts for 41 per cent of all funds lost to fraud

TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Cyber Monday has set-up shop in Canada and gone mainstream. According to a new survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of PayPal Canada, 52 per cent of Canadians are aware of the online shopping phenomenon, up 24 per cent from 2010.

Will Canadians get caught up in the online shopping frenzy at the expense of practicing safe e-shopping behaviours? With up to 41 cents* of every dollar lost to fraud coming from online scams, Canadians need to understand how to navigate the Internet safely so their Cyber Monday experience can be a happy one.

Nicky Mezo, head of marketing, PayPal in Canada, is available for interviews and can provide tips on:

  • How to recognize types of online scams such as phishing emails and spoof websites.
  • Tips for how Canadian consumers can best protect themselves against identity theft and fraud online.
  • An understanding of some of the protections that exist to keep consumers safe when shopping online.
  • Safe, secure retailers where Canadians can take advantage of Cyber Monday promotions.

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*Anti-Fraud Centre. "Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Criminal Intelligence Analytical Unit
Quarterly Statistical Report (April - June 2010)" June, 2010
http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/english/statistics_statistics.html

SOURCE PayPal Canada

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If you're interested in an interview please contact:

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Direct: 416-342-1840
Cell: 647-888-9857
Scott.taber@mediaprofile.com

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